Dildo, Vibrator, What's the Difference?

How much do you know about sex toys?

Learning about the different types available to you will help you discover truly personalized pleasure, enjoy your sex drive and make shopping for new "bedroom toys" a lot of fun! You have probably seen the terms dildo and vibrator a lot if you've browsed for adult toys previously, but you might not know the subtle differences between the two quite yet. While both are typically insertable and lots of fun, there are differences between dildos and vibrators - though some toys can fit into both categories.

 

What is a Vibrator?

LELO Gigi 2
The LELO Gigi 2's beautiful design makes it a great gift.

A vibrator is any phallic-shaped toy that contains a motor. The motor powers toy functions, such as vibration, rotation and even thrusting in some premium models. Vibrators come in 2 main types: rechargeable or battery powered. Here are a few popular types along with the reasons for their popularity...

• The famous Rabbit Vibrator, which uses twirling internal beads near the base of the shaft and a special extra vibrator (the "bunny") that rests on the clitoris when the toy is inserted. This is the original model, but it's popularity has created many imitators, including ones from  very high quality brands like LELO.
 

• The classic Slimline Vibrator, a favorite couples' sex toy due to its versatility. It is smooth and made of silicone with 10 vibrating functions. 

• The surprisingly strong Bullet Vibrator, features a small, powerful vibrating oval attached with a thin cord to a handheld controller.

 

OK, now what's a Dildo?

 

Flowered Friend

The Flowered Friend is a glass vibrator that is great for playing with temperature. Run under cool or warm water!

 

Though it's a bit of an oversimplification, a dildo is essentially a vibrator without a motor. Dildos are made from different materials, including silicone for body-friendly play, glass for unique sensations, and even ceramic and wood, provided they are safely sealed or finished and were made to use internally.

Pro tip: Some dildos can become vibrators by inserting a bullet vibrator into an available cavity in the base of the toy. Any dildo can be "hacked" with a little ingenuity, a condom, and a vibrating penis ring. Simply slide the condom on the toy (this not only makes cleanup easier, it prevents issues that can arise with incompatible toy materials, such as jelly and silicone, touching one another) and the ring on top of the condom, switch the ring on and enjoy a wild, vibrating ride with your favorite dildo - er... vibrator.

 

 

Now that you know the differences between these two fan-favorite sex toys, it's time to explore your sexual health a little more intimately with new erotic indulgences. Take a stroll through Eve's Garden and find the perfect fit for your bedroom fun - whether it's a vibrator, a dildo or a few of each!

 

 



About the Author

Kim Ibricevic was hired in 1997 by Dell Williams. She has been running the Eve's Garden NYC location for over 10 years and has been featured in CNN, Marie Claire and The Oprah Magazine. Kim's expertise has helped thousands of Eve's Garden customers to become more sexually healthy and fulfilled.